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LiveMint: Balance the Principle of Merit with Inclusiveness

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard

LiveMint recently interviewed Michael Sandel regarding his belief that we need to find ways to share economic growth amongst the population to ensure everyone has access to basic human necessities. Sandel also discusses the recent actions of India’s political parties and the role students play in India’s society. Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard

PBS Newshour: ‘What Money Can’t Buy’ and What it Shouldn’t Buy [Video]

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What is the difference between a market economy and a market society? PBS Newshour and Michael Sandel discuss these differences and why certain market interactions are wrong. In a democratic society, why is it wrong to have buy people to stand in line for you for seats at a congressional hearing? What do you think, [...]

The Korea Times: Sandel Calls for Education for All

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    Education disparities between socioeconomic classes are apparent in any country. From underfunded public school programs to extravagant boarding and private schools for the wealthy, money can be used to buy a better education. Michael Sandel brings up issues of education opportunities at Yonsei Universtiy in South Korea. Read about his interactions with students [...]

Based on Merit

Based on Merit

“Jobs, opportunities, and positions of authority should be distributed solely on the basis of merit.” Do you agree?

Army of Mercenaries

Army of Mercenaries

Should military service be allocated by the labor market, like other jobs, or is there a case to be made for conscription? If places in the military should be filled according to market principles, then what, if anything, is objectionable about an army of mercenaries?

Majority Rules

Majority Rules

John Locke believes that government, once it is set up, should be guided by the principle of majority rule. However, he also believes that the purpose of government is to protect people’s rights, including their “unalienable” right to property. What if these two goals conflict? What if a poor majority wants to tax a rich [...]

Government and Morality

Government and Morality

How involved should government be in legislating morality?